Events & Festivals in the Vancouver Island Region
2011 Parksville Beach Festival
Whales, flowers, music, art, wine, birds, oysters, boats, beaches, the harvest, books, beer, salmon, Christmas lights, cars, chili, apples, fishing — in the Vancouver Island region, we celebrate everything we love! Concerts, theatre, music, dance, team sports, international competitions, and a raft of maritime events — it’s all here.
Many of our festivals are ideal for families — the Pacific Rim Whale Festival, Tidemark Children’s Festival, Nanaimo Marine Festival and World Championship Bathtub Races, National Aboriginal Day, Parksville Beach Festival, and Kidsfest.
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Perched on the eastern edge of Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is more than just a location, it’s a lifestyle. The rolling mountains, rushing rivers, pristine lakes and lush rainforest of the Comox Valley create an outdoor lover’s paradise where it really is possible to enjoy the best of all seasons in a single day. You can be knee deep in an alpine wonderland, then within half an hour be dusting the snow off your boots on a golf course. Locals and visitors both soon discover that in the Comox Valley, outdoor adventure doesn’t take the winter off! The perfect [...]More Information
Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland • North Central Island
Tourism Mount Washington will help you discover Mount Washington Accommodations and facilities. Explore all of the cultural attractions, activities, shopping and dining options within 45 minutes drive of the mountain. Whether looking for an active family getaway, a reunion, wedding location or company retreat, Mount Washington, Vancouver Island’s all-season alpine to surf destination treats visitors to the perfect combination of rugged west coast beauty and outdoor adventure. Winter highlights skiing and snowboarding in the mile high alpine.More Information
Mount Washington • North Central Island
We revel in our uniqueness and the amount of fun that you can have in Parksville Qualicum Beach. Seeing goats on a roof, exploring underground caves, viewing world-class sand sculptures and visiting a research station shaped like a giant shell are just some of the quirky experiences you’ll be able to tell your friends about back home. Our visitors yearn for a connection to the past and, in particular, to their past. You want to relive moments that have made you who you are and share new memories with your families. We can help in Parksville Qualicum Beach, because the [...]More Information
Coombs, Errington, Parksville, Qualicum Beach • Central Island
Visiting the Chemainus Theatre Festival will tease (and please) your senses. The gorgeous theatre, with a charming seaside view, is one of Vancouver Island’s best places to watch diverse and imaginative plays, enjoy rhythmic song and musicals, taste delicious, show inspired meals, and breathe-in the creative ambiance of BC art.
Chemainus • Cowichan
Duncan Business Improvement Area Society
Shopping in Downtown Duncan is fresh, fun and fabulous! Our jem of a town boasts hundreds of remarkable shops and services. The quality and diversity of what we have to offer surprises and delights visitors from near and far. Just one hour from Nanaimo or Victoria on Vancouver Island, with plenty of free 3-hour parking spots or parking for $1-2 dollars for extended visits.
Duncan • Cowichan
Newly renovated, easily found downtown location. Adjacent to seawall walkway and restaurants. View rooms, private balconies; free continental breakfast; all rooms have free high speed wifi access; 5 minute walk to pubs. 2 min drive to Departure Bay ferry terminal. AAA rating. Pet friendly. Friendly staff.
Nanaimo • Central Island
Chemainus is one of the most beloved places by visitors to Vancouver Island. An Arts & Cultural Destination that is famous for its well over 40 murals painted on the towns various walls. Golf, diving, shopping and exploring our natural surroundings in this seaside village.
Chemainus • Cowichan
The Cowichan region encompasses verdant farmland, deep ocean bays, whitewater rivers, numerous lakes and low rolling mountains. Cowichan’s pretty towns and villages – including Chemainus, Ladysmith, Duncan, Cobble Hill and Cowichan Bay – offer art galleries, outdoor murals, fishing piers and farmers markets. One of the top culinary destinations in Canada, Cowichan is home to medal-winning wineries, organic farms and artisan food-producers who have created a thriving agritourism industry based on the mantras of fresh, local, seasonal and sustainable.
Cowichan Region • Cowichan
Ukee Days Festival
July 26 – 28, 2013 Get a taste for true west coast culture! Long-running community festival featuring Logger Sports Canadian Championships, Live Music, Beer Gardens, Vendors, great food, KidZone and much more!
Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
Nestled in the foothills of Mill bay, Unsworth Vineyards is dedicated to making wines that reflect the unique character of the Cowichan Valley. A vision of sustainable farming and premium wines is complimented by Amusé on the Vineyard; a casual and elegant bistro serving natural local foods.
Mill Bay • Cowichan
PineRidge Farm is a 70 acre plot of land located in the pristine Spider Lake/Horne Lake area 10 minutes north of Qualicum Beach. We sell what we grow and support other local farmers too. Offering a full selection of fresh produce, breads, fresh culinary sausages and meats,dairy products as well. We serve up premium quality coffees and specialty coffees along with Island Farms delicious ice cream cones.
Qualicum Beach • Central Island
Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition
The Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition is a world-class event! Master Sand Sculptors travel from all corners of the globe to participate in our remarkable competition and exhibition in Parksville, BC, Canada. Sculptors have 24 hours over three days to create their masterpieces from just sand and water (and a lot of ingenuity!) Competition July 13 – 14; Exhibition July 15 – August 18, 2013.
Parksville • Central Island